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Montgomery County jail probe by feds no sure thing, experts say
 The federal agency asked to probe potential misconduct and civil rights violations at the Montgomery County Jail has taken action to change law enforcement practices and policies in some areas of civil unrest, including Cleveland, Baltimore and Ferguson. But how the Justice Department will operate under President Trump and his new attorney...

8:22 PM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

The federal agency asked to probe potential misconduct and civil rights violations at the Montgomery County Jail has taken action to change law enforcement practices and policies in some areas of civil unrest, including Cleveland, Baltimore and Ferguson. But how the Justice Department will operate under President Trump and his new attorney...
County commissioners ask for civil rights investigation into jail
 The Montgomery County Commissioners on Tuesday called for a federal investigation into potential civil rights violations at the county jail, citing a series of incidents that resulted in litigation against the county, jail and sheriff’s office. RELATED: 7 current lawsuits against Montgomery County Jail employees County commissioners...

7:39 PM Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

The Montgomery County Commissioners on Tuesday called for a federal investigation into potential civil rights violations at the county jail, citing a series of incidents that resulted in litigation against the county, jail and sheriff’s office. RELATED: 7 current lawsuits against Montgomery County Jail employees County commissioners...
Where are Dayton’s 10 most dangerous intersections?
 Dayton’s worst intersection for crashes, West Third Street at James H. McGee Boulevard, had 37 accidents in 2016. No intersection in Dayton was more dangerous last year, although a few came close. There were 29 accidents at Salem Avenue at Philadelphia Drive, and 27 at North Main Street at Siebenthaler Avenue. Last year, 250 auto crashes...

1:38 PM Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

Dayton’s worst intersection for crashes, West Third Street at James H. McGee Boulevard, had 37 accidents in 2016. No intersection in Dayton was more dangerous last year, although a few came close. There were 29 accidents at Salem Avenue at Philadelphia Drive, and 27 at North Main Street at Siebenthaler Avenue. Last year, 250 auto crashes...
Dayton crashes, fatalities rise sharply in two years
 Dayton has seen a 40 percent increase in traffic crashes since 2014, and traffic fatalities have nearly doubled on the city’s roadways, according to police data. Injury and property crashes in the city rose to 4,326 in 2016, compared to 3,093 two years earlier, the reports show. About 30 people died in traffic crashes in Dayton last...

1:26 PM Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

Dayton has seen a 40 percent increase in traffic crashes since 2014, and traffic fatalities have nearly doubled on the city’s roadways, according to police data. Injury and property crashes in the city rose to 4,326 in 2016, compared to 3,093 two years earlier, the reports show. About 30 people died in traffic crashes in Dayton last...
Where will the Montgomery County Fairgrounds go?
 The short list of potential new homes for the Montgomery County Fair has become much shorter as a couple of communities recently dropped out of the hunt to acquire the fairgrounds. Montgomery County Agricultural Society President John Yancik said the fair board still is looking at several sites — possibly including land in the Trotwood...

5:49 PM Monday, Feb. 06, 2017

The short list of potential new homes for the Montgomery County Fair has become much shorter as a couple of communities recently dropped out of the hunt to acquire the fairgrounds. Montgomery County Agricultural Society President John Yancik said the fair board still is looking at several sites — possibly including land in the Trotwood...
Neighborhoods want input on fairgrounds redevelopment
 Neighborhood and business leaders are demanding a say in how the Montgomery County Fairgrounds is redeveloped, claiming that public input is needed to ensure high-quality and community-minded projects. The University of Dayton and Premier Health, which have signed a purchase agreement for the 38-acre property, should arrange for meaningful...

4:16 PM Friday, Feb. 03, 2017

Neighborhood and business leaders are demanding a say in how the Montgomery County Fairgrounds is redeveloped, claiming that public input is needed to ensure high-quality and community-minded projects. The University of Dayton and Premier Health, which have signed a purchase agreement for the 38-acre property, should arrange for meaningful...
City administration seeks to put immigrants, refugees at ease
 Dayton’s police chief and top administrator spoke publicly this week to try to reassure the community that the city’s policing strategy will not change despite President Donald Trump’s executive orders seeking to crack down on illegal immigration. At Wednesday’s city commission meeting, Chief Richard Biehl again reiterated...

10:43 PM Thursday, Feb. 02, 2017

Dayton’s police chief and top administrator spoke publicly this week to try to reassure the community that the city’s policing strategy will not change despite President Donald Trump’s executive orders seeking to crack down on illegal immigration. At Wednesday’s city commission meeting, Chief Richard Biehl again reiterated...
Dayton bakery feeds Fido, employs homeless young people
 The bakery at 701 S. Patterson Blvd. pumps out 10 types of treats, some that taste of apples and cheddar cheese and others that are grain free and vegan and have carrot cake and sweet pea flavors. But doggone it, this isn’t some trendy confectionery. Lindy & Company, which bakes and sells gourmet dog treats, has settled into its new...

3:56 PM Thursday, Feb. 02, 2017

The bakery at 701 S. Patterson Blvd. pumps out 10 types of treats, some that taste of apples and cheddar cheese and others that are grain free and vegan and have carrot cake and sweet pea flavors. But doggone it, this isn’t some trendy confectionery. Lindy & Company, which bakes and sells gourmet dog treats, has settled into its new...
Downtown office tower could become 2-story townhouses, flats
 The city of Dayton is seeking a developer to resurrect an empty office tower it owns that was once a centerpiece of the Central Business District. Last year, the city finalized its purchase of the 14-story Paru Tower, or Society bank building, on North Main Street for about $500,000. The tower, which sits in a prime location across from Courthouse...

1:30 PM Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2017

The city of Dayton is seeking a developer to resurrect an empty office tower it owns that was once a centerpiece of the Central Business District. Last year, the city finalized its purchase of the 14-story Paru Tower, or Society bank building, on North Main Street for about $500,000. The tower, which sits in a prime location across from Courthouse...
$3.7M downtown Dayton project gets back on track
 A roughly $3.7 million plan to renovate the old DP&L steam plant is moving ahead after a delay related to a dispute with a former contractor on the project. John Riazzi, principal with Riazzi Asset Management in Oakwood, is converting the vacant Dayton Power & Light facility at 617 E. Third St. into offices, event space and other amenities...

1:30 PM Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

A roughly $3.7 million plan to renovate the old DP&L steam plant is moving ahead after a delay related to a dispute with a former contractor on the project. John Riazzi, principal with Riazzi Asset Management in Oakwood, is converting the vacant Dayton Power & Light facility at 617 E. Third St. into offices, event space and other amenities...
Police chief: Dayton making changes after Trump immigration order
 President Donald Trump’s actions to possibly restrict refugee resettlement and crackdown on illegal immigration has been met with a mix of frustration, condemnation and support. Trump this week drafted or signed executive orders to suspend refugee admissions into the United States and cut funding to “sanctuary cities” that...

6:14 PM Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

President Donald Trump’s actions to possibly restrict refugee resettlement and crackdown on illegal immigration has been met with a mix of frustration, condemnation and support. Trump this week drafted or signed executive orders to suspend refugee admissions into the United States and cut funding to “sanctuary cities” that...
Construction boom: 10 downtown Dayton projects
 Greater downtown Dayton is in the midst of a healthy construction boom that promises to bring new jobs, housing, amenities, entertainment and infrastructure upgrades. Projects already underway represent about $370 million in private and public sector investment, according to city of Dayton estimates. Here is a closer look at 10 of those projects...

3:31 PM Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

Greater downtown Dayton is in the midst of a healthy construction boom that promises to bring new jobs, housing, amenities, entertainment and infrastructure upgrades. Projects already underway represent about $370 million in private and public sector investment, according to city of Dayton estimates. Here is a closer look at 10 of those projects...
MetroParks to probe problems with closed Tree Tower
 Five Rivers MetroParks’ leaders say they will get to the bottom of how a fungal disease was able to compromise the support logs of the Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum, which resulted in its closure after less than four years in service. The Tree Tower was taken out of operation in early September after crews discovered soft spots in...

3:13 PM Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Five Rivers MetroParks’ leaders say they will get to the bottom of how a fungal disease was able to compromise the support logs of the Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum, which resulted in its closure after less than four years in service. The Tree Tower was taken out of operation in early September after crews discovered soft spots in...
NEW DETAILS: Fairgrounds purchase approved
 Montgomery County has agreed to give the University of Dayton and Premier Health $2 million if they buy the county fairgrounds and retain and redevelop the historic roundhouse. On Tuesday, Montgomery County commissioners approved a purchase agreement for the 38-acre Montgomery County Fairgrounds property. UD and Premier Health agreed...

6:52 PM Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Montgomery County has agreed to give the University of Dayton and Premier Health $2 million if they buy the county fairgrounds and retain and redevelop the historic roundhouse. On Tuesday, Montgomery County commissioners approved a purchase agreement for the 38-acre Montgomery County Fairgrounds property. UD and Premier Health agreed...
Library selling four closed branches
 Four former library branches are up for sale, which officials say offer flexible spaces that are suitable for professional offices and other uses. Last year, the Dayton Metro Library closed the Dayton View, Ft. McKinley, Northtown-Shilo and Brookville branches. The Brookville library moved into a new home. The other three branches consolidated...

3:29 PM Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Four former library branches are up for sale, which officials say offer flexible spaces that are suitable for professional offices and other uses. Last year, the Dayton Metro Library closed the Dayton View, Ft. McKinley, Northtown-Shilo and Brookville branches. The Brookville library moved into a new home. The other three branches consolidated...
Participation down in program that give tax breaks to homeowners
 A program that gives property tax breaks to senior citizens and permanently disabled individuals has seen a sharp decline in enrollment since Ohio reinstated income restrictions. In Montgomery County, new approved filings for the homestead property tax exemption are at least at a 10-year low, and the total number of participants in the program...

3:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

A program that gives property tax breaks to senior citizens and permanently disabled individuals has seen a sharp decline in enrollment since Ohio reinstated income restrictions. In Montgomery County, new approved filings for the homestead property tax exemption are at least at a 10-year low, and the total number of participants in the program...
$10M Montgomery County job center marks grand opening
 The recently completed renovation of the Job Center will make it easier and quicker for people to apply for and acquire public assistance, job training, employment-search services and other support and aid, county leaders said Thursday. The $10 million Job Center 2.0 construction project consolidated most Montgomery County Department...

9:22 PM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

The recently completed renovation of the Job Center will make it easier and quicker for people to apply for and acquire public assistance, job training, employment-search services and other support and aid, county leaders said Thursday. The $10 million Job Center 2.0 construction project consolidated most Montgomery County Department...
What are the 10 top dogs in the Dayton area?
 Man’s four-legged best friend comes in all shapes, sizes, furriness and personality types, and the right dog for one person may be wrong for someone else. Some pooches are drool factories. Others are high energy and need plenty of walks. Some dogs will fetch your slippers. Others will make mincemeat of your footwear. Despite the diversity...

6:11 PM Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Man’s four-legged best friend comes in all shapes, sizes, furriness and personality types, and the right dog for one person may be wrong for someone else. Some pooches are drool factories. Others are high energy and need plenty of walks. Some dogs will fetch your slippers. Others will make mincemeat of your footwear. Despite the diversity...
No charges from golf course thefts
 A police investigation into the former golf pro at Dayton’s Community Golf Course found 19 golf carts were potentially stolen from the city-owned golf course, eight people had paid thousands of dollars for memberships that were never deposited and bank deposits were missing, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team...

7:52 PM Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

A police investigation into the former golf pro at Dayton’s Community Golf Course found 19 golf carts were potentially stolen from the city-owned golf course, eight people had paid thousands of dollars for memberships that were never deposited and bank deposits were missing, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team...
Advocates: New law could improve blight, including in Springfield
 Ohio has enacted the nation’s first statewide ban on mortgage lenders using plywood to board up vacant structures, which some local officials hope will help disguise and stop the spread of abandoned homes and blight. Plywood covers the doors and windows of thousands of empty structures across southwest Ohio — including in Springfield...

4:00 PM Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Ohio has enacted the nation’s first statewide ban on mortgage lenders using plywood to board up vacant structures, which some local officials hope will help disguise and stop the spread of abandoned homes and blight. Plywood covers the doors and windows of thousands of empty structures across southwest Ohio — including in Springfield...
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